Don't Ask Me If I Love

Don't Ask Me If I Love

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 055267222X
  • 9780552672221

Review Text

An Israeli's first novel which has something more than its youth going for it since probably what will surprise most people is the familiarity of its young hero Assaf's grievances and the realization that all is not honey in the land of milk and. . . . In fact Assaf sounds like any American you might know - "Any effort is just a waste of energy. It can't get you anywhere now," and he certainly doesn't believe "in the eternal Jewish fate of suffering." Or the war. Or his parents' (once German refugees, now wealthy) faith in the new country. Actually Assaf, in spite of three years in the Army and the death, in action, of the one young man he truly loved and admired, is disengaged and disaffected until he meets Joy, an American, a Christian, looking for something better in Israel and thinking she's found it in Assaf when. . . . Assaf has also written a novel, parts of which sound like this, with one eye on the screen. Thus, at the close, the book makes its concessions to both sentiment and shock which assure its facile readability now and convertibility later. That along with the fact that Amos Kollek, the son of Jerusalem's mayor, has left his own footprints in the sands of the Negev. (Kirkus Reviews)show more